John Borrows

Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law

Tier 1 - 2017-11-01
Renewed: 2021-05-01
University of Victoria
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Coming to Canada From

University of Minnesota, United States

Research involves

Exploring indigenous environmental legal reasoning and traditions, and evaluating how they could help resolve disputes within communities.

Research relevance

This research will lead to new legal frameworks to resolve disputes within indigenous and other communities.

Research summary

The laws of Indigenous Peoples are part of Canada’s Constitution. They present alternative views of our nation’s foundations, contemporary status and future state. They also offer alternative governance choices, setting out how Canadians can govern themselves in the years ahead.

Dr. John Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law, is studying how Indigenous Peoples learn and practice law in relation to land and water, and how revitalized Indigenous decision-making, advocacy and environmentally informed law-making can enhance Canada’s Constitution. In particular, he and his research team are examining Canada’s Constitution through the lens of Anishinaabe law to explore the future of Indigenous courts, treaty rights and land- and water-based legal education and practice.